MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Music will present the ninth annual “Pianissimo!” concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15, in UM’s Music Recital Hall. This high-energy show includes two different programs, nine pianos and more than 25 pianists.
The concerts feature piano solos, duets, trios, quartets and at one point 10 pianists performing on five different pianos. School of Music Professor Christopher Hahn describes “Pianissimo!” as a Missoula original.
“It has achieved its popularity with good reason,” Hahn said. “It’s a fun-filled, high-energy evening of music that crosses all genres and involves multiple pianos played by 25 pianists. We definitely go all out on this one. It’s basically a variety show that features the incredible diversity of the piano and its performers.
“It’s quite a sound,” he continued. “The coordination of such a feat is pretty tremendous – you really have to see and hear it to believe it.”
The concerts include a wide variety of music and style ranging from Mozart and Stravinsky to Copland and Coldplay, as well as other popular hits. The pianists include students, faculty members and familiar faces from the community.
“The program is designed to please any and all audience members,” Hahn said. “Let’s just say I always like a few surprises, and you might see a local politician or two in the mix.”
“Pianissimo!” is a benefit concert for the UM Keyboard Society and is the first concert in the “Celebrate Piano” series. Funds raised will bring in guest artists for the “Celebrate Piano” series, go toward piano student scholarships and conference attendance and help fund maintenance and care of the pianos at UM.
Tickets to “Pianissimo!” cost $10 for students, $20 for seniors age 60 and older and $25 for the general public. They can be purchased online at http://www.griztix.com, at the UMArts Box Office or by calling 406-243-4581. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended, as shows tend to sell out.
For more information on “Pianissimo!” or any of the five concerts in the Celebrate Piano series, call Hahn at 406-243-6490.